Around the Duomo

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The heart of Florence, stretching from the Piazza del Duomo south to the Arno, is as dense with artistic treasures as any place in the world. Its churches, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and world-class museums and galleries contain some of the most outstanding achievements of Western art.

Much of the centro storico (historic center) is closed to automobile traffic, but you still must dodge mopeds, cyclists, and masses of fellow tourists as you walk the narrow streets, especially in the area bounded by the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Galleria degli Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio. Via dei Calzaiuoli, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, is the city’s favorite passeggiata.

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Galleria degli Uffizi

The venerable Uffizi Gallery occupies two floors of the U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi, designed by Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) in 1560…

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Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

A seven-year restoration of this museum and its glorious reopening in October 2015 have given Florence one of its most…

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Bargello

This building started out as the headquarters for the Capitano del Popolo (captain of the people) during the Middle Ages,…

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